Texas Makes Buying Sex a Felony

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A new Texas law taking effect in September, 2021, will make buying sex a state felony instead of a misdemeanor, making the state the first in the country to to charge so-called “Johns” with a state jail felony, reports Click2Houston.

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The McCloskey Plead Guilty To Minor Misdemeanors in Conclusion of St. Louis Protest Case


Now, the couple has been allowed to plead to two minor misdemeanors in the conclusion of a highly politicized case. Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault while Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment. YouTube Screenshot.

California utility charged with manslaughter following deadly wildfire


She announced her office had filed a 31-count complaint against PG&E, alleging eleven felonies and 20 misdemeanors in connection with the fire. In 2017, the utility was convicted of several felonies related to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.

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Attacking Store Workers for Enforcing Rules on Wearing Face Masks: Now a Felony in Illinois

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Still, unless the worker is seriously injured as a result, it’s usually only a misdemeanor. The post Attacking Store Workers for Enforcing Rules on Wearing Face Masks: Now a Felony in Illinois appeared first on Nolo. By E.A. Gjelten We’ve all seen the news: irate anti-maskers punching, shoving, or spitting on store employees or bus drivers who were trying to get them to cooperate with rules intended to slow the spread of COVID-19.

How to File A Petition for Expungement in California


While not all criminal charges are eligible for expungement, even if you have been charged with a felony, you do have options. Miscellaneous california expungement process do it yourself expungement expunge a california misdemeanor expungement costs expunge a felony conviction

New Mexico Pretrial Justice Practices Show Signs of Success

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Improvements to New Mexico’s pretrial practices are working to promote community safety and honor the constitutional principles of the American justice system, reports the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Virginia Couple Plead Guilty in Capitol Riot, Opening Door For Future Cases 

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6 attack, a misdemeanor with a sentence of up to six months, in a plea deal that could set a benchmark for hundreds of other cases, reports Reuters. Jessica and Joshua Bustle of Bristow were the first to reach such an agreement with prosecutors on a misdemeanor charge.

Are Mandatory Prison Sentences for Illegal Firearm Possession Necessary?

The Crime Report

Illinois legal classifications range from Class 4 felonies to Class X felonies and can carry sentences from probation for up to 30 months to a prison sentence of up to 30 years. Both offenses involve the possession of a firearm by someone with a prior felony conviction.

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Drug Arrests are Proving Ineffective, But Do Reforms Yield Better Results?

The Crime Report

Under Illinois law, all drug possession cases involving less than 15 grams — as little as a single pill of Xanax or a grain of heroin — are lumped together under the same felony offense, making it impossible to isolate statistics for specific quantities.

Female Correction Officers Speak Out Against Sexual Assault by Rikers Inmates

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Councilmember Adrienne Adams is proposing to amend New York’s criminal code to make the forcible touching of a correction officer a felony. It’s currently a class A misdemeanor.

L.A. County DA Dismisses 60,000 Past Marijuana Convictions

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Approximately 20,000 of the convictions expected to be expunged under Gascón’s order were for felony possession or cultivation of marijuana. The remainder were misdemeanors filed in jurisdictions that do not have their own city attorney’s offices.

Kansas Courts Allow Continued Tracking of People After Conviction

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Whether they were convicted of serious felonies or misdemeanors, registrants must check in with their sheriff’s office and pay $20 every three months. Missing check-ins or falling behind $40 on fees for more than two weeks is a felony.

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Holiday ‘Smash and Grab’ Thefts Alarm Retailers

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Criminals may have also been emboldened by the passage of laws lessening penalties for some crimes, such as California’s Proposition 47, which reclassified certain felony offenses as misdemeanors in 2014.

Lawmakers Push for Heavier Penalties for Referee Abuse

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Most of the bills under consideration would increase existing penalties or up the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony.

NYC Dashboard Shows 45,789 Detained Individuals Awaiting Trial

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For the charges, the dashboard shows categories of misdemeanor offenses, non-violent felonies, violent felonies, and unknown charges. Photo by janinsanfran via Flickr Photo by PROjaninsanfran via Flickr.

Race Can Determine Who Avoids Prison: Study

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They found that, among felonies, Black defendants have the lowest diversion rate in every jurisdiction. Among misdemeanors, Black defendants have the highest diversion rates in Jacksonville and Tampa, and the lowest in Milwaukee.

Report: Without Racial Equity, Prosecutorial Diversion Programs Come Up Short

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A recent report by the Prosecutorial Performance Indicators project has found that while overall more Black defendants than white were placed in diversion programs in three of four major cities, more white defendants than Black defendants had their felony cases placed in diversion programs in all of the cities, reports Law360.

New York Lawmakers Push for ‘Clean Slate’ Bill

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The bill would cover both misdemeanor and felony convictions. Records for misdemeanor convictions would be sealed a year after the sentence is imposed and three years for a felony. Misdemeanor convictions would be expunged after five years and felonies after seven years.

Climate protestors agree to settlement after Texas prosecutor drops charges related to 2019 protest


The charges of felony trespass were later dropped by a grand jury, but the protestors were then charged with misdemeanor obstruction.

NYC Transit Safety Endangered by Reforms, Reduced Enforcement: Paper

The Crime Report

Gelinas noted that although subway ridership plummeted to as low as 9 percent in the spring of 2020 as a result of the pandemic, the per-capita risk of becoming a victim of a violent felony tripled. felonies fell by 15 percent?helped violent felonies per million rides, it was still 3.1

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Proud Boys leader arrested for burning Black Lives Matter flag


Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was arrested in Washington, DC, Monday on a misdemeanor count for burning a Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag last month.

Indiana House approves legislation to eliminate handgun licensing


” Prohibited individuals knowingly or intentionally carrying a handgun would be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. “Unlawful carrying of a handgun” could also become a Level 5 felony under certain conditions.

New York Woman Wearing Python Hits Car, Crashes Through Firehouse, and Damages Firetrucks


Reckless endangerment in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor. Reckless endangerment in the first degree is a class D felony. Every person violating this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

No sentencing enhancements for recklessness convictions under federal Armed Career Criminal Act


Under the ACCA, a person who has three violent felony convictions and is then convicted of possessing a firearm faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years. In this case, the court had to decide whether the term “violent felony” includes crimes committed with a reckless state of mind.

“Kill Two Birds With One Stone”: Well-Known Colorado Lawyer and Animal Rights Advocate Pleads Guilty to Murder-For-Hire Plot


She also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of child abuse, criminal mischief, reckless driving, and evidence tampering. The plea allows for the dropping of 11 other felony charges and 12 misdemeanor charges Emmi was facing, according to another report.

The Secret Success of Federal Probationers

The Crime Report

Similarly, the Commission found that nearly half of supervision violators engaged in new felony conduct, but the figure for probation violations was only one-third. percent serious felony violations (grade A), 31.5 percent other felony violations (grade B), and 54.9

Survivors of Spousal Abuse Say Wisconsin Custody System Disregards Their Safety

The Crime Report

Researchers in 20 Wisconsin counties reviewed every divorce case between 2010 and 2015 in which one parent had a prior conviction for felony domestic abuse or misdemeanor battery against the other parent.

“‘Hot Pursuit’ Doesn’t Always Justify Entry, Supreme Court Rules; The mere flight of a person suspected of a minor crime, without more, does not allow police officers to enter homes without warrants, the court said”


” And Samantha Hawkins of Courthouse News Service reports that “ Hot Pursuit May Still Require Warrant, High Court Rules; The government had argued that police in any kind of a chase don’t need a warrant to enter a house, regardless of whether the crime at issue is a felony or a misdemeanor

Was Rittenhouse’s Possession of the AR-15 Unlawful?


The statement could effectively knock out the misdemeanor gun possession count — the one count that could still be in play for the jury after the prosecution’s case on the more serious offense appeared to collapse in court.

Will Maine Decriminalize Prostitution?

The Crime Report

If approved, the bill would upgrade the solicitation of a minor to engage in prostitution from a misdemeanor to a felony, seal records for those convicted of prostitution charges and repeal criminal penalties for trafficking victims. .

“Enticing The Crowd With Music”: Miami Police Charge Rapper With Rioting Offenses


That creates a dangerously fluid and subjective basis for criminal charge, even a misdemeanor. The most serious charge is the third-degree felony which can lead to up to five years in prison.

The Loki Effect: How Crime Became the Latest Crisis Blamed on the Pandemic


In some cities, like San Francisco, police largely stopped responding to shoplifting calls after state law was changed to make the theft of merchandise worth $950 or less just a misdemeanor.

As Virginia Changes Direction, Debate Over State Funding of Prosecutors Grows

The Crime Report

The thousands of misdemeanor cases that some local prosecutors also handle every year — something they are not required by the state to do — are also not calculated into the state formula.

LAPD Searches For Three Drivers in Successive Hit-And-Runs Involving Same Victim


b) Involuntary—in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony; or in the commission of a lawful act which might produce death, in an unlawful manner, or without due caution and circumspection. That can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

California DA Reports 42% of People Released on $0 Bond Rearrested 

The Crime Report

Under the statewide Emergency Bail Schedule, bail for all misdemeanor and felony offenses must be set at $0 with the exception of 13 specific penal code violations, but the schedule was rescinded in June 2020.

Should a 7-Year-Old Accused of Rape Be Arrested?

The Crime Report

In 2019, New York State completed a phase-in that raised the age at which teenagers can be charged as adults for misdemeanors and most felonies from 16 to 18 years old. A 7-year-old boy from the hamlet of Brasher Falls, N.Y.

The ‘Assembly-Line’ Justice of Plea Bargaining

The Crime Report

This despite the fact that we know myriad innocent people charged with felonies plead guilty. In 1913, Henry Ford invented the assembly line and cut the time it took to produce a car from 12 hours to 90 minutes.

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Court makes it easier for appellate courts to affirm federal felon-in-possession convictions after Rehaif


922(g) , the federal statute barring people with prior felony convictions from possessing firearms, the government must prove that the defendant knew he was a felon at the time he possessed a firearm. ‘Felony status is simply not the kind of thing that one forgets.’”.

Duquesne Professor Under Fire After White Suicide Lecture


–A person who intentionally aids or solicits another to commit suicide is guilty of a felony of the second degree if his conduct causes such suicide or an attempted suicide, and otherwise of a misdemeanor of the second degree.